Muay Thai Training

Posted by Tom on Mar 16, 2009 in Training |

So you guys are looking to train Muay Thai. Maybe it’s at home in your own country or (preferably) in good old Thailand. Whatever your choice is, make sure you stick to it and gain the awesome discipline skills that come along with the training.

Making the trip to Thailand will definitely be a life changer, some for the worse. So pick wisely. There are various places to go in Thailand. You could hang with Saenchai Sor Kingstar himself in Bangkok, maybe want to rub shins with Yodsanklai Fairtex in Pattaya. There are also alternatives such as Phuket, Koh Phangan and Krabi to name a few. Wherever you pick, make sure you do research on it and read past reviews from other practitioners that have been there. They are always online and talking about their Thailand trips.

It’s important that you choose based on what you have heard about the trainer, as they are the ones with the knowledge and experience to turn things around. There won’t be much use if you end up at a camp where a champ resides but he’s too busy off doing his own things and won’t really notice you.

To train in Thailand there is usually a lot of cardio work to do. Sometimes when you arrive to the camp they simply just make you do cardio the whole time. No training. A loose plan would be jogging, skipping, shadow box, punching and knee-ing the bags. It’s also not uncommon that the camp will have a few weights lying around. The idea is to just add a little resistance to your workout/conditioning, not to restrict you or turn you into a beast.
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Usually there is a morning and an afternoon session. Obviously if you plan to stay at the camp you’ll want to make maximum use of these times and get your behind out of bed and when the day is over, just wind down and make sure you don’t wander off to get yourself in a party or something. Some camps are located in busy areas (Pattaya is notorious for this) and there might be a lot of temptation that will draw you away. It’s completely up to you, the paying customer and your discipline to stay and get what you deserve. Champions are made from hard-work and dedication you know.

It takes time, but coordination, balance and power will start to develop once you’ve begun to master what the trainer is telling you. From then on, it’s just grueling workouts where conditioning will start to take over. Stick in there and the rest will follow.

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Mar 16, 2009 at 6:48 pm

How long does it typically take, if you start muay-thai training with no experience, to get to a sparring level?

Mar 16, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Well, it all depends on you really. I remember when I first went to the camp. One of the trainers, sounded really proud and said “you can start getting into fights after 3 months of training here”. I was pumped.
But alas, it depends if you want to be able to train everyday, morning and afternoons and if you’re a slow learner or not.

daniel gold
Mar 25, 2009 at 5:23 am

One thing that many foreigners struggle with while training in Thailand is the heat. Even if you are in phenomenal shape, if you train in a country that is mild to cold, going into 90 to 105 degrees plus the humidity is a shock to the system, and takes some getting used to. Electrolytes or rehydration salts are a good idea and can be purchased in Thailand without to much of a search. I’ve seen many people get heat sickness ( dizzy, naussea, exhausted ) and not know what it is.

Apr 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm

This is a great post and is really accurate. I just spent a month training in Thailand, and there was a lot of cardio, but a good deal of technique too. I want to go back and visit other camps as well.
The thing you said that hit home the most is that it is definitely a life changer.

Apr 30, 2009 at 12:41 am

I’ve yet to go to Thailand to train but I really want to sometime in the future. The head instructor trained under Sakasem Fairtex, so our school is affiliated with him. Thing I’ve learned with Muay Thai is, you have to put the work in, spar, do cardio, and go to class of course.



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